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11/06/2013 at 13:48
I really struggled last night when feeding Sam to stay awake. I know I went a few times, probably just for a couple of seconds but how do I not do this?! I had my phone, but was slipping even reading or trying to write things, and it scares me that I'll properly fall asleep and drop him or something.
Last night was following a very poor day and night sleep wise, so hopefully I won't always be as knackered but any tips for staying awake when I need to? Especially during the two hour on/off feedings sessions!
11/06/2013 at 14:00
11/06/2013 at 14:03
I've been pretty good this time round but I nodded off last night too. I don't think you can stop yourself but I just try and make it as safe as possible ie middle of bed with my arms supported by pillows so they won't move if I do nod off. Some people reckon getting up and going downstairs is the answer but I'd just fall asleep on the sofa!
I find feeding lying down is better so at least if I happens S is already on the bed
11/06/2013 at 14:06
Thanks both. Missus S I don't know if I have the mental energy!!
Wh, hadn't thought of making those adaptions, I will do tonight, as I was foolishly just on my side of the bed. FX I'll be better though after slightly more sleep! I also need to master lying down and feeding, I only have one position and my wrists are flipping killing!
11/06/2013 at 14:07
I couldn't get to grips with it last time hence always fell asleep sat up feeding but maybe because this boy is so big it's easier (or could just be my boobs are saggier!)
11/06/2013 at 14:12
I think we all do it. I remember numerous times waking up all panicked that I couldn't find the baby in his white babygrow amongst all the white sheets, but I'd already put him back in the cot.
I think there has been research done that proves you won't fall into a deep sleep. Don't know if anyone can confirm or deny that one?
I second what WH said about feeding lying down, although I know it took me quite a few weeks to master that one.
The other thing I'd say is to make it safe, so make sure the covers and pillows aren't near baby and push the cot/crib up against the bed to form a guard.
11/06/2013 at 15:48
My midwife said that as long as its safe and you won't 'drop' baby or roll anywhere yourself then its fine. Just make sure you're set up properly when you start and you'll be fine:)
11/06/2013 at 17:02
Thanks all. Will make some adjustments tonight and make an effort with new positions too. I keep meaning to set up the downton abbey DVD so I can watch something that will hopefully keep me gripped and awake as I'm sure the silence can't help!
11/06/2013 at 18:01
I get out of bed and sit in the chair, and play candy crush.
Miss Riss now goes through until 5-6am ish so its easier as its daylight outside though. When I was 2am feeding it was candy crush that helped!
11/06/2013 at 18:05
Text me! I am always falling asleep but I feed lying down so that doesn't help the temptation to nod off! Hepburn, I shouldn't have read your reply, we are still 2-3 hours at night...sob/yawn!
11/06/2013 at 18:13
I think we are just incredibly lucky as she goes 11-5/6 and has since 5 weeks. I suspect it'll break at some point soon!!
My 3yo on the other hand wakes at 4am daily
12/06/2013 at 19:52
After seeing a BFN cousellor, I started feeding E lying down (and co-sleeping) which meant she kind of did self-service throughout the night!
(oh and at nearly 11 months, she woke 7 times last night, so I share your pain!)
12/06/2013 at 19:59
I sit in a chair too and surf the net. Oh and since you are on number one sod the housework etc etc and sleep when they do in the day!! I would love to do that but #1 needs amusing when #2 is asleep.
12/06/2013 at 20:13
Definitely Candy Crush!
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